Wednesday March 21, 2018
The gift of warmth
Left to right: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students Katie Morrison, Jemimah Middlekoop, Emily Stewart, Lottie Johnstone, Rachel Albiston and Juliet Enright, who want your pre-loved winter essentials. PHOTO Jennie Johnstone By Nicholas Pointon
A community initiative led by six Year 12 students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School is encouraging Wellington residents to dig out and donate their pre-loved winter woollens. The Winter Collection Project seeks to collect 2000 winter woollens and blankets and redistribute them throughout primary schools in the wider Wellington region. The drive is on this Sunday at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori but Wellington residents
are also welcome to drop items off at the front offices of Kelburn Normal and Wadestown schools. The initiative, which began in 2015, came out of the school’s belief in giving back to the community. Director of pastoral care Anne Field says that giving is one of the main pillars of the school’s identity. “The girls here would recognise that they are really fortunate for [their] education. With that comes a responsibility to use that education in a way that’s helping others
in our local community.” Year 12 student Emily Morrison says “We’re pretty privileged going to Marsden.” She said she felt they didn’t realise how much the recipient schools appreciate the winter clothing. Glenview School in Porirua is one recipient school. Principal Lynda Knight-de Blois says that people can often be focused on the disadvantaged in other countries. “It’s great that some local students have thought of another group of people in their city.”
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Independent Herald 21-03-18